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Four poems in Fell Swoop’s Alien Swimsuit issue!

FELL SWOOP ALIEN SWIMSUIT         Four poems from Blueshift Road are in the Alien Swimsuit issue of Fell Swoop: “Identity as Finnish Tango,” “Blink,” “Newfangleness,” and “Sugar Beach.”
         I’m in fantastic company – fellow aliens Richard Martin, Jake St. John, Jamey Jones, Lewis Warsh, Clark Coolidge, Buck Downs, Andrei Codrescu, Aram Saroyan, Tom Weigel, Brett Evans, Christopher Shipman, Chris Toll also donned swimsuits for the occasion.

Vive le Swoop, xJD!

Camille Martin

The Next Big Thing: R Is the Artichoke of Rose

          If you haven’t heard, The Next Big Thing is a self-interview about a manuscript or forthcoming book. The set of interview questions spreads like a chain letter. Once every poet on earth has participated, we’ll send a space probe to exo-planets suspected of hosting alien poets sufficiently evolved for onanistic interviews.
          I was tagged by Marthe Reed to participate, and in turn I’ve tagged five more poets, whose blogs are linked below. Once they’ve posted their response, I’ll publish a link to them.
          Here’s my interview:

What is the working title of the book?

R Is the Artichoke of Rose

Where did the idea come from for the book?

From a collage of mine, R Is:


What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry. Sub-genre: minimalist.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Elmo and India.Arie in a musical about the letter R.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

R is the artichoke of rose.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I’ve been writing short-short poems for many years, publishing them in such journals as Fell Swoop, Peter O’Toole, Quill Puddle, and Unarmed. Eventually the little critters coalesced into something greater than the sum of their parts.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Minimalist poetry by other poets, from the epigrams of Martial to the pithy gems of Aram Saroyan.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Illegal pet activity, my pugilist grandmother, black bleach.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

R Is the Artichoke of Rose seeks publisher seeking R Is the Artichoke of Rose.

Thank you to Marthe Reed for tagging me. My tags go out to Daniel Nester, Jim Johnstone, Larry Sawyer, Lina ramos Vitkauskas, and Ruth Lepson.

Camille Martin

death’s head redux

bounty from the sea

I posted a collage for the anthropomorphic category in Poemicstrip. Check out the fantastic work there!

Continuing a recent post about my breast cancer, this collage is another of the death’s heads that started popping up in my collages and some of the poems in Sonnets following my diagnosis four years ago. I didn’t think until after the collage was finished about the significance of the two masks under the wings: breasts, either cleansed of the disease or drained of life.

Thanks to Piotr Szreniawski for sharing Poemicstrip.
“bounty from the sea” first appeared on the cover of Fell Swoop 86.



Camille Martin